Deep cleaning: Is that even a thing?

Our son, James, has shown some disturbing qualities, and I blame my husband, Patrick, who has been his stepfather since 1991. Let me explain. The other day we were talking with James, and he mentioned that he and his wife were hiring someone to do some ‘deep cleaning’ for them. My reaction was, “Deep cleaning? […]

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Who was Erma Bombeck and why does she still matter?

When I started writing my blog, I found it particularly difficult to compose my bio. I wanted to say that my writings were the love child of Erma Bombeck and Jerry Seinfeld. But I felt too presumptuous putting anything I wrote in the same league as Erma Bombeck. Following the example of my blogging friend Roxanne […]

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Is It Really Messy If You (Mostly) Can’t See It?

Patrick and I met at the YWCA gym working out.  In retrospect I’m sure he was stacking his used weights in a neat, organized pile, and probably mine were slightly askew. We didn’t notice that of course, since we were falling in love. Our house is really neat and clean, and I really wouldn’t be embarrassed if […]

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